Gasline Newsletter March 2009

Volume 10, No. 10

CSA Annual Meeting

Monterey is calling! The 2009 Annual Meeting and Clinical Anesthesia Update, May 15-17, will be in beautiful Monterey, home of the most stunning coastline in the state, the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, golf, shopping, and so much more. The meeting will be at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Resort & Spa on the Del Monte Golf Course.

The educational program features lectures on such timely topics as Acute Pain Management, Regional Anesthesia, Pediatric Anesthesiology, Neuroanesthesia, and more. California intensive care pioneer Dr. Myer (Mike) Rosenthal from Stanford will deliver the annual Leffingwell Address, and R. Lawrence Sullivan, Jr., M.D., will be awarded CSA's Distinguished Service Award. In addition to the three-day lecture program, there will be an optional Hands-On Ultrasound-Guided Regional Anesthesia Workshop at the meeting.

Registration for this year's meeting is unfortunately trending significantly lower than in previous years. Although this is likely due to the national economic situation, CSA will need to continue to evaluate the viability of the Annual Meeting. Give this year's meeting a boost by registering today!

CMA Legislative Day

The California Medical Association is holding its annual legislative day on Tuesday, April 14, at the Sacramento Convention Center. The CSA will cosponsor the event and have a table reserved for members. CSA members who wish to sit with the delegation (not your county medical society) will be reimbursed for air fare or mileage costs. Please contact Barbara Baldwin at if you plan to attend. With the legislative battle over fair payment for non-contracted emergency services for Knox-Keene patients in the offing, this is a superb opportunity for CSA members to increase their political awareness.

In order to receive the conference materials in advance, RSVP to

CSA Discussion Forum

The CSA online discussion forum will be launched this week. The forum will provide a virtual community, similar to those offered by many commercial entities, where CSA members can express their opinions and engage in online dialogue with other members. The forum is located in the “Members Area” section of the Web site. Although comments to established threads may be posted by any member, CSA Board members and Bulletin editors will be designated as Forum Editors and will be responsible for the editing and posting of new threads.

Members wishing to post a new topic and begin a new thread should contact any of the Forum Editors or CSA office staff. Instructions are also available on the Forum page, as are the rules that prevent violations of good taste and federal antitrust legislation. New threads will be developed over the year on a variety of topics as suggested by members' interest.

Visit the new CSA Member Discussion Forum at today. The forum can be accessed either directly from the home page, or by clicking on and logging into the Members Area. It's easy, and hopefully will become an important resource for all California anesthesiologists.

California Anesthesia Residency Program Director's Meeting

On Friday, March 20, 2009, CSA sponsored the first-ever meeting of the California anesthesia residency program directors. The meeting was held in the beautiful new Ronald Regan UCLA Medical Center and was chaired by CSA District 11 Director Sam Wald, M.D., of UCLA. Representatives from all 11 anesthesia training programs in the state (UCSD, San Diego Naval Hospital, UC Irvine, Harbor, Cedars-Sinai, USC, UCLA, Loma Linda, UC Davis, UCSF, and Stanford) were present, as was CSA President Michael Champeau, M.D.

The discussion at the daylong meeting focused principally on the likely changes in anesthetic practice over the next three decades, and how to best train the newest generation of anesthesiology residents to prepare for that future. The attendees overwhelmingly felt that in order to remain economically viable in the changing health care world, anesthesiologists will need to expand the scope of services they provide beyond traditional one-on-one physician administered OR anesthesia to encompass the entire scope of perioperative medicine. Expertise in preoperative evaluation and optimization, risk stratification, operating room and perioperative team leadership, postoperative pain management and intensive care were seen as the skills required for the anesthesiologist of the future.

The participants enjoyed a series of lively discussions and complimented CSA on its vision in sponsoring the meeting. The group made plans to continue their discussions, share current best practices in anesthesia resident education, and develop joint proposals, as the practice of anesthesia evolves, for changes in ABA and Residency Review Committee (RRC) policies. All in all, those in attendance viewed the meeting as a tremendous success.

Call for Submission of Resolutions for House of Delegates

Any CSA member may submit a resolution to the House of Delegates (your elected representatives) on any issue that he or she deems important. A resolution is a proposal that the CSA undertake an activity related to a current issue of concern to anesthesiologists. For example, a resolution might recommend that the CSA develop a guide on issues that should be addressed when contracting with a billing service. For assistance in formulating a resolution, please contact Johnathan L. Pregler, M.D., Speaker of the House of Delegates, or James M. Moore, M.D., Vice Speaker of the House of Delegates ( The deadline for submissions is April 3, 2009.

The House of Delegates will meet on Saturday, May 16, as part of the CSA Annual Meeting at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Resort & Spa, Monterey, California. For more information, contact the CSA office at 650-345-3020, 800-345-3691, or fax 650-345-3269.

Michael W. Champeau, M.D.


California Medical Association, the CMA Foundation and
California Medical Group Management Association present the

12th Annual California Health Care Leadership Academy

Charting a New Era: Seizing the Opportunities
April 24-26, 2009
Disneyland Hotel
Anaheim, California

Information and tools you need to survive and thrive!

Health System Reform in a New Political Landscape
What the Economic Meltdown Means for Health Care
The Medical Home and New Models for Health Care Quality
Institutional EHR Initiatives: In Whose Interest?
Patients, the Internet and Physicians: A New Partnership
Health Disparities in America: Medical Apartheid?
Plus—expanded slate of workshops for physicians and practice managers including:

Surviving and Thriving: Business Financial Planning in a Turbulent Economy
Personal Financial Planning in a Turbulent Economy
Surviving Out of Network
Medicare Update: What's Happening, What's Next
Recruiting, Training and Evaluating Qualified Medical Office Staff
Physician Leadership Workshops
How to Manage Medicare
Labor Law and Medical Practice: How to Avoid Liability as an Employer
Physicians as Public Health Champions: Policy and Media Advocacy
Physicians and Physician Assistants: A Team Approach to Quality Care
Malpractice Risk: How Not to Get Sued—and What to Do If You Are
Integrative Medicine and Optimal Healing Environments
For more information and to register, log onto
or call 1-800-795-2262

CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION: The California Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council on Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The California Medical Association designates this educational activity for a maximum of 17.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. This credit may also be applied to the CMA Certification in Continuing Medical Education.


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